In an effort to encourage breakthrough ideas that will speed innovation, Partners HealthCare has awarded $50,000 to each of 20 physicians and researchers to pursue projects that hold promise for patient treatment and care delivery. The awards were funded through Partners Healthcare's 1st Annual Innovation Development Grant (IDG) program announced today.

“Working successfully with industry is a high priority for Partners HealthCare. This new  program is an important tool to speed the breakthrough innovations of our staff into new, patient benefiting products,” said Anne Klibanski, MD, Chief Academic Officer for Partners HealthCare. The twenty winners --chosen from nearly 350 applications -- offer highly promising therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, and software technologies. The final winners were selected by the Partners Innovation Advisory Board and outside industry experts for their likelihood to produce a short-term positive impact on the delivery of patient care.

“The IDG grant program was conceived as a means to accelerate the commercial application of high impact innovations, identify areas of strength, and improve patient health,” said Chris Coburn, Vice President, Partners HealthCare Innovation. “Our vision is to foster the spirit of innovation that exists among our 60,000 employees as well as encourage first-time innovators. The 20 projects selected reflect the creative insights of some of the top minds in healthcare and the most important areas of contemporary medicine.”

The following is a list of the 20 Innovation Development Grants projects:

Biotherapeutics for Vein Graft Disease
Masanori Aikawa, MD, PhD
BWH, Cardiovascular

Novel Device to Improve Vein Graft Intimal Hyperplasia
Jay Austen,  MD
MGH, Plastic Surgery

Knee Range of Motion Monitoring Device
Paolo Bonato, PhD
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 

Novel Treatments for Kidney Diseases
Joseph Bonventre, MD, PhD
BWH, Renal

Early Urine Biomarkers of Kidney Inflammation
Sylvie Breton, PhD
MGH, Nephrology/Center for Systems Biology

Noninvasive Imaging of Fibrinogenesis
Peter Caravan, PhD
MGH, Radiology/Martinos Center

Treatment for Ovarian Cancer
Patricia K. Donahoe, MD
MGH, Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories

Pulmonary Embolism Readmission Prediction System
Raul San Jose Estepar, PhD
BWH, Radiology/MRI

Treatment of Liver Disease with a Peptide Fragment
Joel Habener, MD
MGH, Endocrine

Treatment and Prevention of Metabolic Syndrome
Richard Hodin, MD
MGH, General and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Rapid Diagnostic for Infectious Diseases
Deborah Hung, MD, PhD
MGH, Molecular Biology/Infectious Diseases/CCIB 

Portable Magnetic Resonance Lung Density Monitor for ICU
Samuel Patz, PhD

A New Method for Identifying Antigens for Vaccines
Gerald Pier, PhD
BWH, Infectious Disease

Balloon Epidural Catheter
Roman Portnoy, MD
BWH, Anesthesiology Preoperative and Pain Medicine

Sensors for Pediatric Anesthetic Monitoring
Patrick Purdon, PhD
MGH, Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine

A Device for the Low Field Magnetic Stimula
Michael Rohan, PhD
McLean Hospital, Imaging Center

An Optical Transducer Tracking System
Anthony Samir, MD
MGH, Interventional Radiology

Nonsurgical Alternative to Gastric Bypass for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
Ali Tavakkoli, MD
BWH, Gastrointestinal and General Surgery

Non-Invasive Determination of Cardiac Activation Patterns
Quynh Truong, MD
MGH, Cardiology

New Microdissection Tool
Yukako Yagi, PhD
MGH, Pathology/ Informatics